A look back at some of the biggest LGBTQ pop culture moments over the last quarter century

By : Jeremy Williams
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Pop culture has always been ahead of the game when it comes to opening the hearts and minds of society. Long before the majority of the U.S. supported marriage equality, believed LGBTQ rights were human rights and accepted that we were born this way, the LGBTQ community was being acknowledged in movies, music, TV shows, books and more.

We have gathered the ABC’s of LGBTQ pop culture moments from over the last quarter century on this page to remind you of a few of those times that made us feel like we were being seen.

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Watch: ‘American Horror Story: 1984’ releases first trailer

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: “American Horror Story: 1984” premieres Sept. 18, photo via AHS’ Facebook page.

“American Horror Story: 1984” released its first full trailer giving an introduction to some of the main characters in the ’80s slasher flick-themed season.

The trailer shows Cody Fern portraying an aerobics instructor who convinces his friends (Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd) to become camp counselors at Camp Redwood. When they arrive, Mr. Jingles, a murderer, has just escaped from a nearby asylum.

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Watch: trailer for Ryan Murphy’s first Netflix series ‘The Politician’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Netflix has released the first trailer for Ryan Murphy’s first series for the streaming platform, “The Politician.”

The show follows Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) an ambitious high school student who plans to make his way up the political ladder to the White House. In the meantime, he hopes to win class president. He will stop at nothing to become president including getting rid of problematic running mates and scheming against his rivals.

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‘Pose’ star Angelica Ross joins ‘American Horror Story’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Angelica Ross as Candy on “Pose.” Screenshot via YouTube.

“Pose” star Angelica Ross is headed to another Ryan Murphy project, “American Horror Story: 1984.”

The actress who portrays Candy on “Pose” made the announcement on Instagram following her character’s departure on the show. Ross’ casting is a milestone as it makes her the first transgender actress to land two series regular roles.

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Meryl Streep cast in Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Prom’

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Meryl Streep has been tapped to star in Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the Tony-nominated musical “The Prom” for Netflix.

Deadline reports that Streep will be joined by other big names such as Ariana Grande, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells.

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Hollywood’s A-list gays welcome Buttigieg

By : Karen Ocamb of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surprisingly charmed so many in America with his smart, calm liberal morality that some polls of Democratic presidential contenders show him third behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders—a once impossible feat for an openly gay politician.

Buttigieg is no cookie-cutter candidate. Shortly after his breakthrough CNN Town Hall and his West Hollywood appearance last March, Buttigieg appeared on Fox News for an interview with Chris Wallace.

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Ryan Murphy is adapting ‘The Boys in the Band’ for Netflix

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ryan Murphy is bringing the Broadway play “The Boys in the Band” to Netflix.

Murphy took to Instagram to make the announcement writing, “The Broadway cast of BOYS was so important to me, and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley’s seminal work. Everyone in the cast was out and proud…and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart’s landmark play.”

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‘American Horror Story’ season nine title revealed

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ryan Murphy unveiled that the ninth season of “American Horror Story” will be titled “1984” in an Instagram post April 10.

Murphy posted a teaser video that shows a woman being chased by a killer through the woods in what appears to be a homage to 1980s slasher films. The woman runs into a cabin and leans against the door to hide but the killer strikes the cabin door with his knife.

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‘Pose’ season two gets June premiere date

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Pose,” the groundbreaking LGBTQ series about New York City’s underground ballroom scene, will return for its sophomore season on Sunday, June 9 on FX.

According to showrunner Ryan Murphy, the 10-episode second season will have a time jump from the late 1980s to 1990 around the time Madonna’s “Vogue” was released. The House of Evangelista will have to readjust as the ballroom scene moves from underground to mainstream.

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‘Pose’ cast teases season two at PaleyFest LA

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ABOVE: The cast and crew of ‘Pose’ at PaleyFest LA 2019 at the Dolby Theatre on March 23. (Photo by Michael Bulbenko, courtesy the Paley Center for Media)

Much of the power of FX’s landmark series “Pose” comes from its factual basis. Although fictional, much of what is seen happened in 1980s New York in black and Latinx gay culture.

Making its debut during PaleyFest, Executive Producer Ryan Murphy moderated a panel, acknowledging the blend between fiction and reality.

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Patti LuPone joins ‘Pose’ season two

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Broadway legend Patti LuPone will appear on the sophomore season of “Pose.”

Ryan Murphy revealed the news during the FX series’ Paleyfest panel at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 23.

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The LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018

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From groundbreaking television to record-setting events, this year in LGBTQ pop culture has been explosive. Legends were remembered, new icons were formed and history was made—one certain gay athlete even became America’s new sweetheart.

Here we have compiled just a snippet of the LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018 with our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture, A-Z.

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